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Statistics Projects for Grades 7–12 Due June 1

The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability and the ASA’s Education Department encourage students and their advisers to participate in its annual Project Competition. Projects are due June 1.

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Editors’ Note: Spring

We are thrilled to share with you some exciting news: We are merging The Statistics Teacher Network (STN) and the Statistics Education Web journal of online lesson plans (STEW)! The new online publication will be known as Statistics Teacher.

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Announcements: Spring

A roundup of statistics and education-related information and opportunities.

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Beyond AP Statistics Workshop

The ASA/NCTM Joint Committee will sponsor a Beyond AP Statistics (BAPS) workshop at the annual Joint Statistical Meetings* in Baltimore, Maryland, August 2, 2017.

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Meeting Within a Meeting Workshop

Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM) is based on the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and GAISE Recommendations. Join us August 1-2 at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Developing Authentic Assessments

Developing authentic formative and summative assessments is challenging, so this column will focus assessment from overarching frameworks to suggestions for lesson-specific assessments.

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Technology Insights

In this column, we will discuss and describe educational technology to support K–12+ pedagogy and practice.

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Where’s Wenda: An Activity on Teaching Middle-School Students Data Privacy

In an attempt to create a hands-on activity based on an interesting and advanced topic (data privacy), we designed a statistics activity called, Where's Wenda, named after the female character in the Where's Waldo books. Since data privacy can be an abstract idea, we wanted students to imagine that Wenda and all the other people in the Where’s Waldo world are people in a data set.

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When Losing Is Winning: An Exploratory Analysis of Data from The Biggest Loser

Students should be exposed to current and interesting data sets. Most, if not all, will have at least some familiarity with The Biggest Loser television show making this activity a great example of using real-world data.

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Sharing a Birthday: Technology-Supported Investigations in Middle School

Although it is clearly possible for two people to share a birthday, our experiences (and intuition) inform us that it is more likely that two people will have different birthdays. That is to say, the probability of a shared birthday between two people is close to zero. However, the chance of a shared birthday may increase if a larger group of people is considered.

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